I admit it. I am guilty of being too busy. Too busy running in circles. Too busy to cultivate the friendships that I need. Too busy to linger listening for God’s voice. Too busy. Yet, I never feel like I accomplish much of anything. I can clean house and within a day or so, you can’t even tell it. If I take time to relax and have fun, it is often paired with feelings of guilt that I should be doing something more important.
About the Book
Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace & Purpose in a World of Crazy came to me at the perfect time. Alli Worthington is real. She writes in a manner just like a friend talking to you – open and honest. She admits her own shortcomings. Shortcomings that I also deal with on a daily basis. It’s nice to know that I am not the only one that struggles but what’s even better than having a companion in this chaotic life, is having someone that can speak wisdom into the situation and create a better outcome for you. Someone who has been there. Someone who can give practical advice on stopping the insanity and getting off the human hamster spin.
There are ten powerful chapters in this book:
- Capacity: Finding Your Sweet Spot in a World of Crazy Busy
- Relationships: Finding Your Connection in a World of Acquaintances
- Calling: Finding Your Purpose in a World of Striving
- Editing: Finding God’s Best in a World of Options
- Thoughts: Finding Your Peace in a World of Worry
- Traditions: Finding Your Groove in a World of Expectations
- Time: Finding Your Rhythm in a World of Overwhelm
- Decisions: Finding Your Confidence in a World of Choice
- Communication: Finding Your Voice in a World of Noise
- Worth: Finding Your Value in a World of Never Good Enough
Now, be honest, doesn’t those chapter titles alone resonate with you? They sure did me!! You know how God puts the right message in your life at the point you exactly need it? Well, I just had the hardest week of my entire life ever. I can’t go into details of it but I was faced with a situation I would never imagine I would have to face. And I was broken. Completely, utterly broken. During this time, I was reading chapter five on finding peace. I promise you, peace was so far from me. I read words that God had whispered to Alli, “Get up and live like you believe that I am going to take care of you.” That was exactly what I needed to hear. Honestly, I couldn’t see how God was going to care of the situation. I had entrusted my most prized thing to Him, and I felt like He had failed me. It took a lot of tears and a lot of prayers. I had to find some good in the situation. And I have to believe that all things work together for good and that despite this horrible current situation, it is what is needed to achieve the desired end result. I wish there were an easier way. But now, I will rest in His promise, “I have led you here to restore you, not to test you.” I know these words were for Alli, but they sure spoke to my spirit too. I felt like I was being tested. And I was failing miserably.
Even when I was strapped for time (you know, being too busy…) it was refreshing to skim through the pages of this book and read the encouragements in the margins. At the end of each chapter, there are a list of action steps. For instance, the chapter on Thoughts that I just mentioned? One of the action steps is to identify a destructive thought process and then find a scripture that counteracts it and memorize it. Wow.
I also have to think of three things that I am grateful for every day. I’ve been trying to do that since the beginning of this year anyway. Don’t take the little things for granted. I thank God every night when I know where all of my children are and that I know that they are safe.
About the Author
Alli Worthington is an author, speaker, blogger and the Executive Director of Propel Women. She lives outside of Nashville with her husband and five sons (so you KNOW she has reason to be busy!!!). Be sure to connect with her and allow her humor and insight to guide you into guilt-free and purposeful living.
I highly recommend this book. It has been like a healing balm to my soul right now. Not just because I have felt to busy but with that, I have felt defeated and depleted. I can now recognize that things are happening to distract me for doing what God wants me to do.
“When you do too many good things, you don’t have room to do the great things.” Alli Worthington
Published by Zondervan
Released January 2016
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